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9/13/2007

Flooding continues to get worse

The flooded Modartake area in Dhaka is seen in this August 13, 2007 photo. Bangladesh floods have washed away nearly 133,000 tonnes of rice that was about to be harvested, according to preliminary estimates from the agriculture ministry. REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman


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Bangladesh
With the rise of water levels at most points of major rivers Padma and Jamuna, the flood situation further deteriorated yesterday affecting 1.13 crore people in 256 upazilas of 46 districts. Hundreds of thousands of people are living on highlands and roadside areas amid food and water crises. The death toll stood at 861 due to flood-related reasons including drowning, diarrhoea and snakebites. This year's floods destroyed crops on some 819,985 acres of land completely and on 983,383 acres partially, while some 3,621 kilometres of roads were destroyed completely and 25,590km partially. The floods also destroyed 65,984 houses completely and 927,650 partially, 557 educational institutions completely and 7,686 partially, 88 kms of embankments completely and 863 kms partially, and 78 bridges and culverts were completely destrpyed and 1,692 partially.

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INDIA - More than three million people have been displaced in Assam over the past week as the Brahmaputra river inundated vast swathes of the region, a situation the government described as "very critical". "The situation is still very critical with the third wave of floods wreaking havoc in at least 20 of the state's 27 districts with an estimated three million people stranded since Wednesday." The floods that began in July have so far hit more than 10 million people covering about 9,000 villages. "This is ONE OF THE MOST PROLONGED FLOODS and by FAR THE WORST EVER IN RECENT YEARS." There are about 500 makeshift camps now where thousands of people are sheltered, while many more are staying in raised embankments and other such platforms under tarpaulin tents.
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